is tecnology helping education or educators/teachers eg students in NSW have got laptops from the government or the use of apps on the internet/intranet and technology resources!
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Today's students are growing up with technology at a level that far exceeds past generations. I think we have to have technology in the classrooms not only to help educate but also to prepare them for the job markets available to them.
I believe that it is very important for students to be exposed to technology in the educational setting. Technology is advancing at a phenomenal rate. At the same time, it is very important that students learn socialization skills as well. Sometimes, the use of too much technology takes away from this.
Technology also helps those children who have special needs. For example, if a child has difficulty reading due to a learning disability technology can be used to assist him.
Having a good deal of experience in schools with very big budgets and loads of technology and it can absolutely go both ways. Technology can be a great tool and give students great opportunities to pursue their interests, if they actually have the freedom to pursue those interests which is not the case in most schooling situations.
Technology can become a sexy poster-child for the school and cover up a multitude of evils at the same time because it cannot substitute for good teaching or a thoughtful approach to helping students learn.
A retired, successful teacher from the Detroit area has written a book in which he contends that all a teacher needs to be successful is a blackboard/whiteboard and motivated students. Of course, we all know this; and, we know that the key word is motivated.
Here is where technology is helpful. For those students who reject traditional methods of instruction, technology sometimes ignites a fire in them when they can connect their assignment to something fairly creative that they can produce. For example, students often enjoy translating a story to video and musical dimensions. Or, they can use a powerpoint presentation, etc. And, of course, the internet and virtual libraries allow poorer schools to access information and sources otherwise unavailable to them.
Unfortunately, students sometimes want to allow technology to take the place of learning with its demand for analytical thinking and actual reading and studying. Then, it becomes an impediment to learning. A balance is essential as, otherwise, our society is faced with the dilemma presented in Brave New World in which the scientific world rules the human.
Technology is enhancing education - certainly. The working world is largely built on technological advancements, and learning how to use technology in school is a great lesson preparing students for the real world.
That said, I do not think all technology is necessary in a classroom, and I also think a lot of money is wasted on it. For example, I do not think a calculator should be allowed in basic math courses. I think there is validity to learning something basic at the very basic level - and using technology later, to assist with the basics when attempting to solve more complex problems.
I do not think "smart boards" are necessary to teach math.
I do not think "grammar games" on the computer should replace actual writing.
I think it is sad that most students spend more time texting, IM'ing, and Facebooking than doing homework - but cannot comfortably and quickly perform basic formatting functions on Microsoft Word.
I've worked in a high budget public school and in 2 low budget private schools. I also taught "school" in the woods at a wilderness camp. Students can get as good (sometime better) of an education without technology. It can be done.
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